Speaker Date Topic
NO MEETING - JULY 4TH HOLIDAY Jul 08, 2020 12:00 PM


Dr. Stanton F. McNeely III - Pres U. of Holy Cross Jul 15, 2020
Transforming the Catholic University into a Gulf South regional university
Transforming the Catholic University into a Gulf South regional university

Dr. Stanton F. McNeely III began his term as President of the University of Holy Cross last July.


Stanton is a 1995 undergraduate alumnus of the University of Holy Cross and earned a doctorate in Education from Northcentral University.


He is now the 19th president in UHC’s 104-year history. Stanton earned an MBA from Loyola University. He is a New Orleans native and 1991 graduate of Jesuit High School.


In his inaugural address, McNeely announced ambitious goals for his tenure at UHC including transforming the Catholic University into a Gulf South regional university, engaging in modern distance education practices to reach students near and abroad, and expanding partnerships and engagements with external stakeholders to jointly meet the needs of an ever-changing world and to continue the tradition and mission of the founding Marianite sisters.


Stanton previously ran the 10-member statewide independent colleges association and previously served numerous positions at UHC including Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Director of Admissions, Director of Student Affairs, and Assistant to the Dean of Sciences. Dr. McNeely was also a business professor at the University of Holy Cross in the 2000s.


Keith G.C. Twitchell Jul 22, 2020
President, Committee for a Better New Orleans
President, Committee for a Better New Orleans

Born in New York City and raised in nearby Connecticut, Keith Twitchell moved to New Orleans in 1979.  In 1982 he launched his own company, Pendragon Promotions, a business communications firm.  He served as a consultant for the Committee for a Better New Orleans beginning in July 2000 before accepting a full-time position in March 2002; he became president of the organization in June 2004.  He is responsible for project management, organizational leadership and fundraising/finances, and has led key CBNO programs such as the Community Participation Program, the Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum, and the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative.  Mr. Twitchell is a former Captain of Krewe du Vieux, a state-ranked tennis player and an award-winning writer, and has served on a variety of organization boards.  He received a YLC Role Model award in 2014 and the Urban Conservancy’s Urban Hero award in 2016.  He received his B.A. from Washington College and his M.A. from Bowling Green State University, and is a member of the ODK National Leadership Honor Society.


Senator Conrad Appel Jul 29, 2020 12:12 PM
Louisiana State Legislature Update
Louisiana State Legislature Update

Senator Appel was elected to the Louisiana Senate in 2008. Senator Appel was Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education. Beside the Education Committee he served on the Finance, Commerce, Retirement, Judiciary A, and Environmental Quality Committees.

  Prior to his political career, he had been very active in civic volunteerism and served as the Chairman of many civic organizations including:

            The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans

            The Jefferson Economic Development Commission

            The Jefferson Business Council

            The Area Councils of the Chamber

            The Jefferson Council of the Chamber

         Senator Appel has been recognized as an Outstanding Legislator by the National Foundation of Independent Business, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association, Greater New Orleans, Inc., and numerous other civic and business organizations. He has also appeared as a speaker at several national education conferences.

Senator Appel’s family owns the oldest Louisiana construction company, dating to the 1890’s. In 1988 Senator Appel started his own firm, ConstructionSouth, Inc., a commercial general construction contractor. He currently serves as its President.

He is a graduate of Louisiana State University achieving a degree as a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He is married and has two grown children.

Stephanie Bell Aug 05, 2020
Friends of City Park Director